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Johnson 1st NASCAR driver with virus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jimmie Johnson and his family took every precaution to avoid the coronavirus.

They washed their hands frequently, diligently followed the face-mask guidelines and even left their home in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the less densely populated Aspen, Colorado. Read More...

Johnson softens stance on Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jimmie Johnson's stance has softened when it comes to racing the Indianapolis 500.

Johnson will test an Indy car next week for Chip Ganassi Racing on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first step the seven-time NASCAR champion must take to determine if actual races are in his future. If he's any good, he said, he would be open to racing all 12 street and road course events on the IndyCar schedule. Read More...

NASCAR paint schemes going political

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Many a fan is quick to insist they do not like politics in their sports - no kneeling, no raised fists, no T-shirt messages. Just the game or event, please and thank you.

That has not been the case of late as the nation goes through a reckoning on race and racism following the death of George Floyd in police custody. In NASCAR, the colorful paint schemes on the stock cars themselves have taken a decidedly political turn in recent weeks - and will again this weekend. Read More...

NASCAR, IndyCar share venue for 1st time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - even without fans.

NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will share a venue with IndyCar on the same weekend for the first time, a doubleheader conveniently forced by the frantic rescheduling required by by the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, it is an important step in putting forth a united front for the sake of motorsports. Read More...

WGI optimistic for August weekend

The roar is back at New York's Thunder Road.

Three months after its opening day was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, Watkins Glen International is hosting car clubs again as NASCAR weekend looms in mid-August. Read More...

NASCAR, minister talk racial diversity

As the Rev. Greg Drumwright watched members of his ministry crowd the fence at Talladega Superspeedway to cheer for Black driver Bubba Wallace, he realized his first NASCAR race was the start of his immersion into stock car racing.

Less than three weeks later, Drumwright has a seat at NASCAR's leadership table and he said he is ready to disrupt the industry's social hierarchy and get more Blacks involved, from the board room to the grandstands to the track. Read More...

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